Minister Bista says PM Employment programme impartial

The government has clarified that equal treatment has been made to all while implementing the Prime Minister Employment programme targeting the unemployed youths. While responding to the queries of lawmakers in deliberations on the programme heading of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security in the meeting of the House of Representative (HoR) today, Minister for Labour Gokarna Bista said that there was no discrimination while operating the programme. He said’ the programme only identifies who is unemployed based on real ground.

Minister Bista said that the programme was launched aimed at lessening the rate of unemployment in the country. He shared that 3,146 industries were enlisted to assist the programme. The Minister said that about 19,000 youths would be directly benefited from the programme. The government has signed Labour Pact with four countries during this fiscal year with Malaysia, Japan, Mauritius and United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the Pact, according to Minister Bista, issue as zero investment (free VISA free ticket) jobs for Nepali migrant workers on these labour destinations were clearly mentioned.

To implement the labour pact, he shared that the government of Malaysia had sent criteria for the medical check and the official place will be decided for the same. A meeting between the technical committee of two countries will be held within a month which will carry out rest of the process, according to Bista.Process was forwarded to sign bilateral labour pact with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Turkey, shared Minister Bista, adding that dialogues were held and forwarded with countries like Germany, Portugal and UK for exploring prospect’s for employment in those countries for the Nepali migrant workers in the context of diversification of labour destinations.

“Institutional mechanism will be further made stronger for the optimum use of information technology, to curb fraud surrounding foreign employment and addressing the complaints at the earliest among others,” he said.Education and information on foreign employments were provided in 39 districts from where at least 5,000 Nepali migrant workers had left for foreign employment.

Furthermore, Bista informed that preparation was afoot to provide services relating to the foreign employment from all seven provinces to end the situation when such services were rendered from central capital city Kathmandu only.Those citizens in informal sectors will be covered in contribution-based social security scheme.

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